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Mazda 3 Recalled for Defective Airbags

Mazda 3 Recalled for Defective Airbags



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 42,000 Mazda3 sedans because their air bags might not deploy, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

The recall involves vehicles from the 2004 model year, the first year the Mazda3 was available. Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes said the company had no reports of injuries due to the defect.

Mazda found that on some vehicles, the housing for the air bag sensor can crack and allow water to seep in. Should that happen, a short circuit would cause the air bag warning light to go on and the air bag might not fire.

Barnes said Mazda plans to notify customers of the defect soon. Owners can get their vehicles repaired for free starting next month, NHTSA said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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